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Fort Bliss Reopens El Paso Community with Bliss is Back Campaign

  • How to get to Fort Bliss

After two years of restricted access, Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division announced that the post was reopening and providing access to recreational activities and events.

The post had to operate under tight restrictions starting with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 to reduce the spread of the virus among the military community, which impacted daily operations.

As part of its Bliss is Back campaign, Fort Bliss opens its gates to welcome veterans, community members and visitors, and returns to pre-COVID opening hours and services, according to a press release.

The El Paso community felt welcome when Fort Bliss at Liberty Crossing hosted a battle of the bands during the annual Sun Bowl celebration.

The US Army Department of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is working with Freedom Crossing, the Rod and Gun Club, the United Service Organization, and the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center to host exciting events at Fort Bliss in 2023.

How to get to Fort Bliss

People no longer need to be sponsored by a military member. Instead, guests can go to the Visitor Control Center to show their Real ID driver’s license or state ID and request a visitor pass.

There are two checkpoints: The Buffalo Soldier Visitor Control Center at 5400, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The second aisle is the Chaffee Visitor Control Center, Building 2616, which is open from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Visitors who pass background checks will receive a Community Access Pass valid for up to three years and will be allowed to accompany visitors under the age of 18 traveling in the same vehicle. The pass will be tied to the visitor’s Real ID card and will be rechecked upon entering the installation. For more information on installation access requirements and access hours, visit https://bit.ly/3HbB98c.

Future events will be posted on the official US Army Fort Bliss page at https://home.army.mil/bliss/ and on the MWR Fort Bliss Facebook page.

Maria Cortez Gonzalez can be reached at 915-546-6150, [email protected] and @EPTMaria on Twitter.

Upcoming events at Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss Annual Half Marathon: 7:30 am, January 28, Warrior Zone, 21171 Medic Ave. Cost: $20 for military personnel, retirees, $35 for family members, $45 for the public. Information: 915-744-5785/5798.

Lucha Libre Wrestling Entertainment: 18:00 February 10, PFC Stout Gym, 2930 Cassidy Road. Doors open at 17:00 Admission is free.

Mardi Gras Market: from noon to 17:00 on February 18. Enjoy a colorful day at the Mardi Gras Market at the Art & Hobby Shop, 820 Marshall Road. Register for the bike parade. Admission is free, all ages are welcome. The best float bike will receive a prize. There will be food trucks, music and vendors on site. The bike parade will start at 15:30. Participants may be in costume. The parade will take place on a cemented area around the center of the park. Pre-register your bike by calling 915-568-5563.

Information, other events: https://bliss.armymwr.com/calendar

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